Kelda Technology is supporting Waterwise’s Water Saving Week 2019
The UN predicts that by 2030 the world is projected to face a 40 % global water deficit. Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency – the public body responsible for protecting the environment has recently warned that in around 20-25 years, England would reach the “jaws of death – the point at which, unless we take action to change things, we will not have enough water to supply our needs.”
Kelda understands the importance of conserving the world’s most precious resource. Our aim is to transform the way the world uses water, and the methods of delivering water for the good of our planet. For the last 40 years showers have followed conventional designs. Kelda have created a revolutionary water-saving shower that significantly reduces water consumption without compromising shower experience.
- Showering is now the largest water user in the home.
- The Energy Saving Trust state that people generally spend seven-and-a-half-minutes in the shower.
- In households that don’t own or use the bath, the average person takes 5 showers per week.
- According to the Energy Policy Act 1992 a standard shower uses 9.46 litres of water per minute.
- The average shower uses almost 71 litres of water, equivalent to 44,272 litres of water per household (2.4 people) per year.
- The Office for National Statistics state that there are 27.2 million households in the UK (2017).
- UK households use 1.2 trillion litres of water, or 1.2 billion cubic metres of water per year for showering.
- 1 cubic metre equals 1,000 litres of water and costs around £3.20 for supply and disposal.
- The UK spends spends £3.85 billion on water supply and disposal for showering each year.
- Kelda’s innovative water-saving shower running at 5.0 litres per minute has an effective spray force of 10.0 litres per minute (similar to standard shower).
If all the UK households replaced their standard shower with a Kelda water-saving shower we would save:
- Save around 600 billion (that’s 600,000,000,000) litres of water per year
- Save approx. £1.8 billion in water costs
- Save £649 million in total energy costs (water & energy)
- Savings in CO2 would be equivalent to taking 3,026,289 cars off the road
As a result, it is more important than ever that we take care with how we use water. Taking positive action now can help to ensure that there is enough water to go around, for us, for businesses and for the environment.
Saving water saves money. Installing simple devices such as water-efficient shower and taps will save both water and energy by minimising the use of heated water.
Our use of water and energy are closely linked. Operational emissions from the water industry account for nearly 1% of the UK’s total. And a major source of emissions is from using hot water within homes. Reducing the length of your shower or the amount of hot water you use for cleaning dishes therefore has a significant impact on your personal carbon footprint. Using water wisely also helps us adapt to climate change – it means the water we do have goes further.
Using water efficiently means that we can minimise the amount of additional water resources being taken out of our rivers and aquifers, especially as demand is rising.
Resilient Water Supplies
As water resources become scarcer, building new infrastructure like reservoirs and desalination plants, or finding new sources of supply, becomes increasingly expensive. If we save water that is otherwise wasted, we can reduce pressure on existing infrastructure and offset the need for more. Using water wisely also makes our supply more resilient against impacts from climate change, such as droughts.